ESPN reported executives and staff also can participate in the study pilotedby the renowned Rochester, Minn., facility. All 30 teams are expected toparticipate.
Major League Baseball conducted a similar study in partnership with StanfordUniversity but a mere 0.7 percent of 10,000 test subjects affiliated with MLBshowed development of COVID-19 antibodies.
Mayo Clinic is researching the validity of using a finger prick to draw bloodfor the tests and plans to apply that method to the NBA tests, USA Todayreported.
NBA games are on hold during a hiatus that has stretched beyond two months dueto the coronavirus pandemic.
Some teams are opening their practice facilities with oversight from the NBAand by adhering to stringent sanitization and social distancing measures thatallow for individual workouts exclusively.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, whose practice facility is just over an hour awayfrom the Mayo Clinic campus, are scheduled to open their facility for thefirst time on Thursday.
Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns' mother, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, diedfrom the coronavirus on April 13.
--Field Level Media